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02/03/2018 Big Wreck (Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom)

Monday, February 5th, 2018

[Attica Riots was the opener, didn’t watch them. From Winnipeg.] I only saw Big Wreck once during the initial run of the band, in 2001 at Edgefest, but this show marked the fourth time since the revival! Once on each of the last three new album tours, the Edgefest show was part of the Pleasure […]

12/07/2017 Hatebreed, Dying Fetus, Code Orange, Twitching Tongues (Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom)

Friday, December 8th, 2017

I never miss a chance to see Hatebreed, and given that the Warped Tour set, while awesome, was way too short, hauling down to Buffalo was a no-brainer. This run was billed as “20 Years of Desire and 15 Years of Perseverance”, so there’d be a heavy slant on the first two albums. I got […]

10/25/2017 Insane Clown Posse, RA The Rugged Man, LYTE, Ouija, Unborn Society (Rochester, NY @ Funk N Waffles)

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Well, well, well, 20 years later, who would have thunk it. I had purchased The Great Milenko not long after it was released (the 2nd time, on Island) and it still stands as the one and only ICP record I own. Always loved this one, but never had any real desire to delve in any […]

09/21/2017 Megadeth, Unearth (Rochester, NY @ The Dome Arena)

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Continuing my run of shows where I know I should see a band without being immersed in their catalog, I picked up my second of the Big 4 by seeing Megadeth. I’m not sure how Unearth got the opening gig for this – I didn’t know they were still playing out, and they didn’t do […]

09/12/2017 Overkill, Crowbar, Havok (Rochester, NY @ The German House)

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

This was the second show in a row where I barely knew any of the material, but knew as a fan of heavy music that I ought to see these bands, including the opener. I got to the German House just as Havok started their last song, but what I did catch was pretty good. […]

08/25/2017 Eyehategod, Cro-Mags, Escuela (Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall)

Monday, August 28th, 2017

I’d heard about both of these bands for years and years. Cro-Mags are one of the most influential hardcore bands ever, and in terms of sludgy metal, no one seems to be more revered than Eyehategod. Between Phil Anselmo wearing their shirt in the I’m Broken video, and Randy Blythe always repping them, they’ve always […]

08/16/2017 Guns N Roses, Live (Buffalo, NY @ New Era Field)

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Not In This Lifetime indeed. Much like most of the known universe, I got hooked on GNR by seeing the Paradise City video in constant rotation on MTV when I was 8 years old. Being a bit too young to see them in their heyday, plus all of the ensuing drama, I didn’t think I’d […]

07/21/2017 Primus, Clutch (Rochester, NY @ Dome Arena)

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Clutch in my backyard at the Dome? Yes! I got tickets to this as soon as they went on sale. And then I ended up having throat surgery scheduled for the day before… meaning I would be on voice rest. Complete voice rest. Everyone was asking, “Are you still going to go?” Uh, I didn’t […]

07/13/2017 Warped Tour – GWAR, Hatebreed, Sick Of It All, The Acacia Strain, blessthefall, Candiria, Beartooth, Emmure, CKY, Watsky, Hawthorne Heights, Alestorm, Anti-Flag, Save Ferris, Separations, After The Burial, Feeki, Silent Planet (Darien, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Every year I check the Warped Tour lineups, and every year it’s two bands I want to see and a bunch I either don’t or have never heard of. This year there was a whole bunch of stuff that looked interesting – Hatebreed, GWAR, Candiria, Sick of it All, Save Ferris, among others. Plus Jamey […]

07/08/2017 Fuel, Unwill (Rochester, NY @ The German House)

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

[American Acid was first band on, didn’t see them.] This show was early. Like, Fuel came out on stage around 8:30 on Saturday night early. I was dumbfounded, and thankfully I didn’t do my usual “put the kids to bed first” routine, or I would have missed most of it! I wonder if the lack […]

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